The U.S. struggled to put any offense together in an 8-0 defeat to Korea in the WBSC Premier12™ Final in Tokyo on Saturday night.
Korea didn't waste any time in the first inning as the first two runners reached base on a leadoff single by K.W. Jeong and an RBI double from Y.K. Lee to take a 1-0 lead. Korea was primed to add to the lead after loading the bases with one out, but U.S. starting pitcher Zack Segovia (Uni-Lions-CPBL) induced an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
Cuba survived a ninth-inning meltdown to defeat Puerto Rico 8-7 in ten innings on Thursday at the Premier12 in Taiwan. P.R. erased a 2-7 deficit in the top of the ninth to force extra innings in this first-round matchup in Pool A at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung. Cuba improved to 2-1, while Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2.
Cuba rallied from a 1-4 deficit to defeat the Netherlands 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung. It was the first win for Cuba and the first loss for the Dutch team in first-round play at the Premier12. Yulieski Gourriel scored the game-winner in the eighth.
A three run first inning highlighted by a Pete Orr (Newmarket, ON) two run homer was all of the offence that Canada would need as they cruised to a 5-1 win over Cuba to open the WBSC Premier 12.